The present work, 'The Condensed Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna', M.'s own English version of some of the most important and representative chapters in his voluminous work in Bengali. It is more a translation of the thought contained in his original diary than of its language. In this sense, as also that it contains several new elaborations and doctrinal disquisitions, it take more of the nature of an original work by M. in English than of a mere translation.
The first edition of 1907 was brought out by the Brahmavadin office, Madras, and its second edition, revised by the author himself and freed from its Biblical turns of express, was published by Ramakrishna Math, Madras in 1911. Subsequently, several editions of it were published by the Madras Math, and it was in circulation till 1942. In 1978, this was republished under the name "Condensed Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna".